Effects of elevated plant selenium levels on reproduction and root-nematode interactions
Selenium is an important element in soils throughout the western United States, and its presence has important consequences for the ecology of these seleniferous sites. Some plants in seleniferous areas have evolved mechanisms to hyperaccumulate Se to 0.1 - 1% of their dry weight. Other plants accumulate moderate Se levels between 0.01 - 0.1% of their dry weight. In the studies described in this thesis, facets of the evolution of Se accumulation and the associated ecology of Se hyperaccumulators are considered. First, I examined the effect of increasing Se on reproductive parameters of Se ...
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